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Optical view of the Chinese Baths in Paris (France)
Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original strong water etching heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset & Debour et Gangel in Paris circa 1840

19th Century optical view in original watercolors of the Chinese Baths in Paris (France)
Free Passepartout (available in 23 shades)
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184019th Century
  • Date : circa 1840
  • Century : 19th Century
  • Period : Louis-Philippe Ier
  • Technique : Strong water etching
  • Paper : Vellum paper
  • Publisher : Basset & Debour et Gangel
  • Place of publication : Paris
  • Passepartout : 50.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Sheet : 36.0 x 53.0 cm
  • Plate : 27.0 x 40.0 cm
  • Inventory N° : FR-03220
500€
(Frame not included)
  • Certificate of authenticity
  • Passepartout included
  • Portfolio exacompta
  • Free shipping costs
  • Shipment within 24H
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Original title

VUE DES BAINS CHINOIS PRISE DU BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINES

Mentions

  • A Paris chez BASSET Rue St Jacques N° 64
  • Dembour et Gangel, éditeurs à Metz

Description

Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original strong water etching heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset & Debour et Gangel in Paris circa 1840, depicting a view of the Chinese Baths in Paris (France).

During the 18th Century, several renowned establishments in Paris, London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy) were specialized in the creation of these optical views. They could be viewed alone or through a zograscope, a wooden foot surmounted by a lens which enlarged the image and accentuated the perspective effect. They could also be placed in optical boxes, the spectator then looked inside the box through the lens. This distraction was greatly appreciated in the 18th Century in the salons of the bourgeoisie and the nobility as in the countryside thanks to the hawkers.

These etchings are nowadays exhibited in museums around the world and extremely appreciated by collectors and decorators for their historical interest and their high decorative value.

Museums & Archives

The Bibliothèque nationale de France owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Vue des bains chinois prise du boulevard des capucines

Condition report

  • Very good state
  • 1 Wormhole in the lower margin

This strong water etching is listed in these categories :

Chinese Baths in Paris

The Bains chinois are a public bathhouse, built in 1787 at the location of 29 boulevard des Italiens in Paris, at the corner of rue de la Michodière. They enjoyed brief success before the French Revolution. Sold in 1852, they were destroyed in 1853.

The Chinese Baths were built by Samson-Nicolas Lenoir dit le Romain (1728-1810), architect in Paris from 1763, specializing in projects for public places and mansions. He took part in the land speculation which accompanied the urbanization of the new districts of Paris in the last third of the eighteenth century. This is particularly the case of the grand boulevards, courtyards planted with trees wanted by Louis XIV, on the embankments of the fortified enclosures of Charles V and Louis XIII, demolished from 1676 and become fashionable.

The building which rises on three floors, include a central hexagonal pagoda-shaped pavilion and two horseshoe wings around a garden, connected by a covered terrace along the boulevard. The whole rests originally on a base in the shape of caves which sheltered a coffee. The whole is very exotic in appearance, with steeples, banners, inscriptions with fanciful Chinese characters, balustrades, bright colors on the facades, creating a visual attraction on the boulevard.

The Optical View

The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 182 years ago (around 1840).

As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view VUE DES BAINS CHINOIS PRISE DU BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINES datant de 1840 is dispatched worldwide within 24H in a Secured packaging, accompanied by its certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the name of the artists (draughtsman, engraver, editor), the impression process used (Strong water) and its date (1840).

In order to guarantee a perfect conservation in time, this strong water etching is dispatched, ready to be framed, under museum quality color passepartout (manufactured without acid in the pulp for a neutral pH) on a cream mountboard made from carton bois (also acid free & neutral pH), in a luxurious portfolio.

History of the Optical views

At the apogee of the mode for optical views, between 1750 and 1790, four European cities specialized in their edition: Paris (France), London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy).

Optical views are prized in very different social circles : pleasant recreation in aristocratic salons, the views are admired in beautiful and richly decorated optical boxes which are real works of art. The show was transformed into a real scientific experiment. But the optical views also entertained the people who were in a hurry when a hawker set up a box on a market and began to narrate the extraordinary events that had taken place in a more or less distant and inaccessible country.

There are three categories in the production of optical views.

  • Topographic views: Cities, Monuments, Ports, Distant regions, reproduced with more or less accuracy, depending on the documents available to the engraver. It is obvious that the authors of these prints had not seen these territories. They therefore recomposed these landscapes by compiling various engravings and drawings, which explains many fantasies.
  • The historical scenes : Inaugurations, Coronations, Battles, Fires or Natural disasters form a subject that the people are fond of.
  • Views with a religious or moralizing theme. For educational value, these prints were mainly produced by Parisian publishers in the rue Saint-Jacques.

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Free customization

Customize for free the color of your museum quality bevel cut edge passepartout (acid free & neutral pH) among a color chart of 23 shades.
This option will be offered to you free of charge in the cart.

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